When it comes to the actual awards Once and Clybourne Park took the top honors in a predictable manner for Best Musical and Best Play. Once won 7 other trophies (8 total) besting the strong favorite Newsies in several categories including Best Lead Actor in a Musical. Steve Kazee won besting Jeremy Jordan and Danny Burstein the two favorites in the category. Meanwhile Clybourne Park's win was the shows only win for the night. The big winner for plays was the adaptation of the Peter Pan story entitled Peter and the Starcatcher, which won five trophies.
In the other lead acting categories there was also an upset in the Lead Actor in a Play category where the predicted winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Death of a Salesman) lost to James Corden from One Man, Two Guvners. On the actress side Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur) bested the more famous women in her category, and won Best Actress in a Play. Audra McDonald tied record making her one of the few people with five Tony awards for Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Although McDonald tied the record this was her first win in lead category. In the revival categories Death of a Salesman won for Best Revival of a Play, and in a more surprising turn Gershwin's Porgy and Bess beat Follies to win the Best Revival of a Musical.